The World Poker Tour kicked off some more poker action last night as the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star again attracted the big names to fight it out for a major title and some large payouts. The event being held at the Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, California attracted a field of 312 players for Day 1a, though come the end of the day that number had been reduced to 117.
The players had to endure ten levels of action at the felt and by the time those had finished it was Giorgio Medici that was just edging it at the top of the chip counts. His haul of 254,600 chips was just enough to put him ahead of Hai Tran who amassed 253,500.
Among the bigger names that have done well enough to progress into Day 2 are Jason Koon, Dominik Nitsche, Matt Salsberg, Marvin Rettenmaier, Antonio Esfandiari, Joe Hachem, Sorel Mizzi, Faraz Jaka and PokerStars Team Pro Eugene Katchalov.
Bagged 109k day 1a of Bay 101. Holding on to that bounty.
— matt salsberg (@msalsberg) March 11, 2014
— Faraz Jaka (@FarazJaka) March 11, 2014
There were plenty others that were not so lucky though and found themselves among the 195 that were eliminated on the first flight of Day 1. They all still have the chance to buy back into the event on Day 1b though so the likes of PokerStars Team Pros Daniel Negreanu and Randy Lew, Mike Matusow, Mike Sexton, Scott Seiver, Phil Hellmuth, John Juanda and Jake Schwartz will all be considering just that.
Busted the tournament calling all in with an overpair drawing very slim on the turn to busto. However I did re-entered for tomorrow!
— Randy Lew (@nanonoko) March 11, 2014
Out of @Bay101Casino Shooting stars. Aipf A7 < JJ for $110k. Whoever told me A7o is such a monster deserves the blame for this one!
— John Juanda (@LuckBoxJuanda) March 11, 2014
Day 1b starts at the same time of 11am PT today and will see another bunch of hopefuls attempting to progress deeper into the event. We expect many of the eliminations on Day 1a also to buy back in so the field should be considerably larger than the one we just saw. Join us for an update on proceedings tomorrow.
The Current Top Ten
1st) Giorgio Medici – 254,600
2nd) Hai Tran – 253,500
3rd) David Forster – 225,200
4th) Bryan Campanello – 210,000
5th) Mukul Pahuja – 189,100
6th) David Chiu – 174,000
7th) Isaac Baron – 160,600
8th) Jason Koon – 149,600
9th) Chad Eveslage – 137,400
10th) Allan Le – 130,000